States object to Google Books settlement too

Five US states have registered their opposition to a proposed settlement between Google and publishers over its Google Books plan.

The attorneys general for Washington, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Missouri and Massachusetts have weighed into the fray, adding their collective voices to corporations and to government organizations that oppose the deal and filing their objections to the court which will decide whether the settlement goes through.

Earlier this week the head of the Library of Congress added her voice to the settlement, which is subject to a New York district court approving it or nay on 7 October next.

Google is proposing a deal that would allow it to carry on digitizing books, creating a virtual library of millions of volumes of out of print books which however still remain in copyright.

Microsoft and Amazon both oppose such a deal.

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